Nvidia boss rules out settlement with Intel

Nvidia has put the kybosh on any hopes of Intel settling its legal quarrels out of court. The company’s outspoken CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, has revealed that Nvidia has no plans of settling the matter financially. He also said that he’s “looking forward” to the court proceedings kicking off later this year.

CNN Money asked Huang if he’d consider settling the disputes financially, to which Huang replied: “No, there’s no reason to do that.”

He explained: "They’re a large company, we’re a large company. We both have plenty of financial and legal resources. This is one of those things where we’d really like to have the judge and the court to be able to take a look at the situation, and decide what is right.”

Huang said that he’s sure the court’s decision will be in Nvidia’s favour, and also said that he expected Intel to be ordered to pay compensation for the loss of Nvidia’s potential revenue in the chipset and laptop markets.

“They’ve [Intel] certainly harmed our ability to grow into the marketplace,” said Huang, which he described as “a several billion dollar opportunity for us.” Nvidia has two legal disputes going on with Intel at the moment. One concerns Intel’s dispute with Nvidia over chipset licenses for CPUs with integrated memory controllers. The other concerns the FTC’s investigation of Intel with regards to antitrust.

With regard to laptops, Huang says that Nvidia has been locked out of a large part of the laptop market, because Intel “bundles everything together and prevents other technology companies, like ourselves, like a GPU, from being able to be purchased by our customers.” He points out that, “then the consumer in a notebook environment can’t benefit from great graphics, like they can on desktop computers.”

When it comes to chipsets, Huang isn’t afraid to boast about his company’s products. “We build the world’s best chipsets; we build the world’s best GPUs with chipsets in it,” he says, but he reckons that Intel’s actions have stifled Nvidia’s chances here. “If not for their [Intel’s] behaviour,” says Huang, “we’d certainly have a much larger chipset business.”

Interestingly, Huang also hinted that the original agreement between the two companies may have resulted in Intel CPUs with integrated Nvidia graphics. “We entered into a relationship with Intel many years ago,” he says, “whereby they wanted to have our intellectual property to integrate in their technology. For example, putting graphics into chipsets, putting graphics into CPUs.”

This would have made sense following AMD’s purchase of ATI, although it could also have been a slip of the tongue. Either way, the likeliness of Intel producing a CPU with integrated graphics now is next to none.